October Report from the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) –

Climate change effects in California are already occurring, with substantial further effects likely to emerge through this century. Climate change impacts — which include reduced snowpack, shorter and more intense precipitation events, more severe drought periods, and sea level rise — will fundamentally change both water supply and flood management. These challenges require California to actively plan for shifts in precipitation, runoff and extreme events to meet the water needs of California’s communities, economy and the environment through the 21st Century. For California to maintain a reliable water supply, further investment in our water system’s infrastructure is critical. There is broad recognition that the state’s water management system is currently struggling to meet both human and ecological needs. (more)